Paille, Thornton will not make trip to Montreal

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Paille, Thornton will not make trip to Montreal

A pair of fourth line regulars, Daniel Paille (eyeface injury resulting from a high stick) and Shawn Thornton (concussion), are officially out for the Boston Bruins for Wednesday nights rivalry game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Brad Marchand (upper body) will travel with the team to Montreal this morning and practice with his teammates this afternoon at the Bell Centre.

The Bs agitator is expected to be a game-time decision for Boston, but there was no shot either Paille or Thornton would be ready in time for a showdown with a red-hot Habs team.

Thornton has been symptom-free for days and began skating on his own on Monday prior to team practice at Ristuccia Arena. Paille hadnt yet been medically cleared by doctors to jump into game action, and was just getting back into the flow after a close call when a stick blade got caught under his visor against Buffalo.

Paille took himself out of three-on-three contact drills on Monday to avoid any incidental contact with his eye while taking part in other portions of practice.

Two guys arent going to make the road trip: Dan Paille and Shawn Thornton, said Claude Julien. In that situation its because they cant play tomorrow, but were very optimistic that theyll be okay moving forward.

With both Paille and Thornton out that means that both Jamie Tardif and Lane MacDermid should be in the Boston line, and Ryan Spooner is expected to get the call if Marchand cant make a go of it on Wednesday night. Marchand suffered an upper body injury when he tumbled awkwardly into the boards after tripping over James Reimers equipment on a rush to the net in last weekends win over the Maple Leafs. Marchand suffered the injury in the second period and never came out of the Bs dressing room for the third period.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.